Monday 29 July 2013


From the long days of summer to a beautiful sunset, butter to golden yellow hues, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog challenge this week is an ode to sunshine. We are all embracing the summer season this week and we would love you to join in the fun.
When I think of summer I always think of my garden; I spend many hours looking around my garden at flowers, birds, butterflies and nature in general. Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar Distress Paints give a wonderful summery feel to my piece and really lift my spirits. Flowers, birds, sunshine, nature all capture summer for me, created here with Wendy Vecchi's From Nature, Bugs and Butterflies and Wildflowers Art Parts. All these capture the essence of summer in my garden, my own little piece of paradise.
Inspiration began with Wendy Vecchi's Arched Frames Art Part.
I applied white embossing paste through the Wildflowers stencil, adding flowers to both sides of the Arched Frame.
Paint the Arched Frame with a coat of Gesso.
Cut a piece of cardstock to fit the central aperture and colour with picked raspberry and spiced marmalade distress inks, applying the inks to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzing with water and then mopping up the beads of ink with the card. Blend spiced marmalade Distress Ink around the edges of the card and then flick with water, leave for a few seconds and then dab with kitchen towel.
Paint the Arched Frame with Distress Paints and then apply Treasure Silver wax to the raised areas to highlight.
Paint all the Art Parts with Gesso and then paint with Distress Paints. I applied Distress Paints to my non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with water and then dabbed each piece into the paint and dried with my heat tool.
Melt Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel into a metal dish (I used a cake dish) or use your melt pot. I used this option just for quickness as I was only creating one piece.
Place the wallpaper background stamp uppermost onto a flat surface, place a metal heart cutter onto the stamp and pour the hot enamel into the cutter. Allow to cool slightly and then remove from the stamp.
Highlight the texture on the UTEE piece with Treasure Silver wax.
Colour all the Art Parts with Distress Paints.
Using the background stamp from the Classics 9 stamp set stamp randomly onto the the Art Part pieces. Do not add the stamp to an acrylic block use the stamp as is, this gives a more random effect.
Stamping with coffee Archival Ink adds a subtle touch of stamping to the dimensional pieces.
Apply silver Paint Dabber to the edges of all the Art Part pieces. Add twine so that the heart appears to be dangling from the birds beak.
Add Chitchat stickers to the flower stem for added interest, colouring the edges with spiced marmalade Distress Ink.
I have also added a touch of stamping to the outside of the frame.
I added a Sentiment Spot Art Part to the top of my frame stamped with the sentiment from the Sentimental Art stamp set using black Archival Ink. I also added a butterfly, adding a pen nib for added dimension, colouring with black soot Distress Paint.
To complete I added a small coordinated button threaded with twin for the bird's eye along with more Chitchat stickers for added interest.
For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

 Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x 

 Products Used:

Wendy Vecchi Art Parts From Nature
Wendy Vecchi Art Parts Bugs and Butterflies
Wendy Vecchi Art Parts Wildflowers
Wendy Vecchi Art Parts Arched Frames
Wendy Vecchio Art Parts Sentiment Spots
Wendy Vecchi Sentimental Art Stamp Set
Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste
Wendy Vecchi Stencils For Art Wildflowers and A Bird

Tim Holtz Wallpaper and Wood Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Classics 9 Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology - Seasonal Chitchat Stickers, Pen Nibs
Claudine Hellmuth Gesso
Distress Paints - Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Spun Sugar, Forest Moss, Black Soot
Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade
Archival Inks - Coffee, Black
Silver Paint Dabber
Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Ink Blending Tool
PaperArtsy Treasure Silver Gilding Wax
Heat Tool
Black Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Melt Pot


Helen said...

fabulous colours, texture and composition.

Anonymous said...

Morning Tracy. I love your frame, so many textures. Thank you for the step by step pictures. XXX

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Tracy, I agree with you, my garden is my pride and joy and I love spending as much time in it as I possibly can. We have had mostly constant rain for the past 2 days, although the sun is trying to get through this morning.
I love, love, love, your frame, the colours are indeed very summery and uplifting, and the textures are fantastic, loving all the art parts and stamping. Stunning make.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Brenda Brown said...

The colours on your frame are fabulous Tracy, so summery and bright and blend well together. I love the art part pieces you have used and the textured frame itself. A wonderful tribute to your garden.
Have a good week.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Inkypinkycraft said...

this is gorgeous, there are so many clever touches, the button for the birds eye, the heart hanging from the beak! I love the colours and how you have combined so effortlessly all the elements xhugs x trace x

Sandra said...

This is such a pretty project! Love the colors you've chosen and all the texture is simply amazing! Hugs, Sandra

Suzanne C said...

LOving your summery colors! The texture of the stenciled flowers is beautiful! Love that heart you created very cool!

rachel said...

Wonderful summery colours tracy. Fab piece x

Anna-Karin said...

Beautiful piece Tracy! I love the colours you used and all the great details and textures. That UTEE heart is amazing, what a great idea to place it on top of the wallpaper stamp.

Crafting Queen said...

Wonderful project, love the colours.

Candy C said...

Tracy...your summertime piece is do sweet. Love all the Art Parts and how you have created such a sweet piece using the arched frame. Love the colors, too. That little heart using the UTEE makes such a neat charm for the bird to be dangling. Love that idea! As always, wonderful step by step and a beautiful project. Hugs, Candy

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow.... Tracy, the background color on this project is totally fantastic! I love the those beautiful details on your step by step. :)

butterfly said...

Stunning make, Tracy. The colours are out of this world wonderful, and all the detail in your stamping and textures on the embellishments you created and altered really pays off. This is amazing.
Alison x

Katie Ann Brooks said...

This is amazing! thank you for the awesome tutorial!!!

Michelle said...

Thank you so much for sharing your process. I love the UTEE piece. And the wax is a great touch. Your techniques are always fabulous. A beautiful project Tracy!

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Oooh! Very pretty pinks & oranges!! Such a perfect palette for the challenge! Thanks, Tracy! :)

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Mona Pendleton said...

Such a beautiful work of art Tracy! Love the vibrant color palette and your attention to detail! All the texture looks amazing! Thanks for the inspiration!

Dianne said...

WOW Tracy what an outstanding work of art,the colors are FANTASTIC, you have blended the beautiful, the texture stamping on the frame looks gorgeous, the background is just fabulous wow I'm just loving the colors, that heart so gorgeous and so creative, and that special bird, makes my heart sing and gets my wings flapping,it just and OUTSTANDING, piece of art, I think I said that already:) Thanks so much for sharing the process, it was wonderful seeing you create your magic. Have a wonderful week...

hazel said...

Fabulous Tracy - great design and the colours are beautiful.
xxx Hazel.

Redanne said...

Love the art parts you used and the glorious colours you created, the heart is beautiful too. Hugs, Anne x

Carol Q said...

absolutely gorgeous piece of creativity Tracy - those colours never fail for me!

Sandy said...

This is wonderful Tracy - I will keep it on my computer so I can go back and re-read how you did this.

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

You are so skilled with the use of color and form that I actually gasped out loud when I saw this project! My coworkers thought I was weird for my unexplained gasp, but I kid you not when I say that this one is a stunner! Amazing!

Mary Elizabeth said...

It looks like it's going to rain all day today Tracy and I really needed your little "piece of paradise" this morning. Just gorgeous color!! I actually felt the warmth of sunshine just by looking at it:) And I love the UTEE heart. I have to try that idea ... so cool. Fabulous make!! -- Mary Elizabeth

Maura said...

I am thinking of a country garden - lovely colors

Anonymous said...

Those pinks and yellows together are so stunning! Lovely piece!